Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham sues the band over his departure
Lindsey Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac after the group parted ways with him earlier this year.
Buckingham filed a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, among other charges, according to Rolling Stone.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (October 9) in Los Angeles Superior Court. It alleges that Buckingham asked Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie) to postpone their tour for three months so that he could play shows with his solo band.
The suit also claims that when the other members refused to delay the plans, Buckingham agreed to delay his album for a year to accommodate their wishes.
Buckingham, who was replaced by Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn, says the Rumours-era lineup were set to play 60 shows across North America when he was let go.
“Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr Buckingham’s complaint and looks forward to their day in court,” a rep for the band has now told Rolling Stone.
“The band has retained Dan Petrocelli to handle the case.”
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In a separate statement to BBC News, a spokeswoman for Fleetwood Mac said: “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen.
“It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
Buckingham’s complaint states: “This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac.
“By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour,” it adds.
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